Over the weekend, Ashley Madison – the online personals and dating website targeted at married people and those in committed relationships – had the personal information of its users taken by hackers.
And, if I were one of the approximately 37 million users on its site, that would scare the shit out of me.
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In May of this year, adult dating site Adult Friend Finder also faced a hacking of its user data.The data was incredibly revealing, showing individuals’ sexual preferences and proclaimed relationship statuses, and was published online to the embarrassment of many – from a Washington police academy commander to an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employee.According to the Ashley Madison hackers, all of that user data would be released unless the site was taken offline.It’s now Wednesday, and it seems that Avid Life Media – Ashley Madison’s parent company – has no plans of taking down the site, and has even emphasized the message that they’ve been able to remove all of the stolen information and to secure all unauthorized access points. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things.After months of work and thousands of dollars put into the back end, Swipe Buster quietly launched last week.
But rather than make money from a horde of fees, he told me that his goal is instead to create awareness that this data can be mined in a short amount of time and to have Tinder respond by making it private as quickly as possible.“A lot of people are going to be like ‘WHAT! “I think the positive outcome [is that] a company is going to be protective of its users.
Swipe Buster subsequently retrieves the data from Tinder’s application programming interface, or A. I., which holds all of this information about its users. Tinder has long been plagued by murmurs that it facilitated cheating.
One survey conducted by Global Web Index found that 42 percent of the users it sampled were in a relationship and 30 percent of them were married (Tinder called these findings “preposterous”, claiming its own survey found just 1.7 percent of its users are married). Though the the service can be spotty—especially when searching for people in larger cities—it passed ’s unscientific test.
A new site, Swipe Buster, allows people to see for themselves whether their significant other (or boss, or friend, or ex-flame, or parent) is active on the app. and database are public, making it easily accessible and sortable for anyone with a certain understanding of computer code.
For a fee, users can input into a search field the first name, age, and location of anyone whom they want to check up on. It is common among technology companies to have open A. I.s, so other companies can build ancillary products around their core experience.) Then the site displays the users who fit those criteria, allowing users to see their photos, when they logged on, and whether they are seeking out men or women.
A group of hackers broke into the site’s database and made the private, deeply personal information of more than 30 million users—including names, addresses, and credit-card numbers—available on certain corners of the so-called “dark Web.” The difference this time, Swipe Buster’s creator said, is that no data was breached or accessed illegally. For someone so focused on online dating, our anonymous architect has no personal experience.